Inkscape for Cutting Design

Inkscape Tutorials => Inkscape Tutorials - Intermediate => Topic started by: Aussie Carolyn on July 09, 2011, 03:47:58 AM

Title: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 09, 2011, 03:47:58 AM
A video showing two ways you can change a butterfly or a flower to partially cut to allow parts to be raised after cutting.

It was a nightmare making this video. After many attempts the first video I was happy with disappeared  :lol: How? I have a folder on my desktop that will not permit me to delete it, well I accidentally dropped the video into the folder and it disappeared. I reluctantly had another attempt and the headphone connection came loose, so the end of this video is missing. As it was only the final minute that I lost I decided to call it a day and make do with what I already had.

If you decide to create your own files following the tutorial remember to have Stroke ON and Fill OFF. Do not use path union as the file will either disappear or the path will close. To keep the pieces together either Group or use Path>Combine. Don't forget to show off any projects you create.

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Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 09, 2011, 05:15:10 AM
Here is a bit more information in the form of a pictorial. I have used the same file for each example, each file is the same after changing but I use three different methods to attain the end result. I chose this particular design as it is a bit more challenging than the ones shown on the video.
Example 1

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Example 2

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Example 3

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Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 09, 2011, 05:21:49 AM
One more bit of information you may find useful. I keep saying do not use Path>Union but it does have it's use for different design projects.

I think cutting the path, then applying path>union would be ideal for drawing complicated shapes such as using part of a star. It would also be good when you want to cut a shape apart but not leave the path open.

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Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: scooby on July 09, 2011, 02:34:01 PM
Carolyn        you are amazing , its a wonder you can sleep at all,    your head must be full of ideas ,      only wish my head would keep just one of the tuts you have done for us inside it for longer than 10 mins  :oops:  :roll:  :? .  

Thanks a lot for taking the time to do this and show us all ,  you are a real star ...............sue x
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 09, 2011, 03:58:56 PM
Quote from: "scooby"
Carolyn        you are amazing , its a wonder you can sleep at all,    your head must be full of ideas ,      only wish my head would keep just one of the tuts you have done for us inside it for longer than 10 mins  :oops:  :roll:  :? .  

Thanks a lot for taking the time to do this and show us all ,  you are a real star ...............sue x

Thank you Sue.
I assure you my memory is not the best these days and it is why I write tutorials, so I can remember  :lol:
I have been known to visit this forum to look up one of my own tutorials.
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Angel13 on July 09, 2011, 08:51:00 PM
As usual Carolyn you have made another informative video, which makes me wish I had asked the question myself; I have never used Path/Cut or the circle method to achieve the same results Thanks for showing the proper and easier way......
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: The Debsp on July 10, 2011, 09:31:49 AM
Hi Carolyn

I've been working on this tutorial for the butterfly.  I have finally managed to remove the body from the wings but I cannot do it the other way around.  It would appear that my inkscape does not cut between the highlighted nodes for some reason.  Is there something that I'm not doing correctly?  It is so frustrating as it looks really quite straightforward in your video, which, I'm sure it is!  Thank you for any help you're able to give.

Debbie
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 10, 2011, 09:42:21 AM
Strange. I guess you only have 2 nodes selected as it will not work if you have more selected. I am just going to bed as it is after 1.30am. What I would suggest in the meantime is use the beizer tool and draw a line through the sections you wish to remove, select the butterfly and the bezier line and apply path>cut. I will post a screenshot during the day tomorrow - this is how I use to do it until I learnt to delete segments.
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: The Debsp on July 10, 2011, 10:15:10 AM
Thanks, Carolyn, will do.

Debbie
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on July 10, 2011, 05:25:41 PM
Hi Debbie, here are a few screenshots to show another way the butterfly can be separated. You may prefer to use this method altogether. The steps listed are how I created the butterfly card
- Draw a bezier line through the areas to be cut
- Select both the line and the butterfly - Path>Cut Path
- Duplicate and move the duplicate aside
- One had the wings removed the other had the body removed. (That sounds so cruel  :cry: )

In hindsight I should maybe have shown this method on the video as it is probably faster. It was in the first video I scrapped and I left it out by the time I got to the 3rd or 4th attempt  :D

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Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Angel13 on July 11, 2011, 07:37:33 AM
HO!! this was the bit of the tuts that I missed about Path/combine then join the nodes............
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Shoshi on February 20, 2012, 11:07:43 AM
This is great, Carolyn! thanks. The flower technique using "Cut Path" was new to me, but I've just finished a butterfly project, which I've just uploaded to the gallery, using silver mirror card, putting the butterfly piece silver side down against a piece silver side up, so that the images reflect each other. (Full details on my blog.) I love the idea of the flower arranged in concentric circles and then raising the petals - must try this one!

Shoshi
Title: Re: Butterfly with Raised Wings
Post by: Sunny50 on March 17, 2012, 06:31:57 PM
Great tutorial